One of the Greek world’s earliest scientists, on the gunky nature of everything.

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Image: Anaxagoras, from the Nuremberg Chronicle. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Anaxagoras: Life


One of history’s most overlooked women philosophers

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Image: Untitled, by Sarah Cameron. Commissioned by Anna Ezekiel. Image © Anna Ezekiel, used by permission.

Introduction


The wandering Greek philosopher and poet who reimagined the nature of the gods.

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Image: The Feast of the Gods, begun c. 1514 by Giovanni Bellini, and completed by Titian in 1529; oil on canvas; National Gallery of Art, Washington. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Life


What is wisdom, why does it matter, and how do we cultivate it?

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Image: “Can you keep a secret? Wise bird, tell me true?” Public Domain via the Library of Congress.

Welcome


One of China’s earliest women philosophers, on weaving and politics

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Image: Woman with Shuttle, by Zhang Lin, before 1529. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Life

Far-ranging wisdom


The philosopher who argued nothing ever changes

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Image: Parmenides (centre), from The School of Athens by Raphael. Public Domain, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Life


The beginnings of Indian philosophy

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Image: Ascetic in the forest visited by a group of women (c.1760). Public Domain Cleveland Museum of Art, via Wikimedia Commons.

Telling tales about the sages


Cultivating the forests of our virtues

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Photo by Chris Abney on Unsplash

The forgotten sage



The first scientist

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Image: Anaximander, attributed to Pietro Bellotti (1625–1700). Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Life

The first scientist?

About

Will Buckingham

Philosopher (PhD). Writes nonfiction & fiction. Next book “Hello, Stranger: How to Welcome the World” (Granta). www.willbuckingham.com www.lookingforwisdom.com.

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